A+Architecture : Résidence Cornil

Dust the image of student residences, a challenge? By the agency A + Architecture, which has just delivered a building of almost 200 rooms all in wood and - icing on the cake! - designed in just 14 months.

A student residence of 200 rooms, on eight levels, wooden, almost entirely prefabricated and above all pleasant to live? Here is a proposal that could lend to smile as it seems full of oxymorons. And yet ...

Built in the university campus of the 5e arrondissement of Marseille, instead of the old "U restaurant", this C-shaped project signed by Montpellier agency A + Architecture has everything to offer students maximum comfort. The secret ? A structure in CLT, privileged for its warm aspect of course, but also for its rapid implementation: "Because of the school calendar, we absolutely had to deliver this building in 14 months - including studies - so that the wood prefabrication became obvious", say Philippe Cervantes and Gilles Gal, in charge of the project. Also, this material is ubiquitous in each of the 200 19 rooms square meters, especially in the system posts-beams apparent but also through a wall and ceiling left exposed. An aesthetic close to that of the cottage, welcome to this type of collective housing, since it promotes the impression of home. As such, the example of the entrance to the residence is particularly eloquent: here, the double height is exploited by the installation of a large net stretch where residents are invited to come to read, relax or chat.

Be that as it may, the most astonishing remains perhaps the double skin of the construction - a corrugated metal mesh - which acts as a sun visor concealing part of the windows. As a carefully crafted lace to ensure the comfort and privacy of residents ...

Project title : Residence Cornil
City, Country: Marseille (5e)
Owner: CROUS Aix Marseille Avignon
Mastery of work : A + Architecture
Area : 4 352 m2
Cost of works: 8 715 000 € HT
Calendar : November delivery 2017

Photographs: Benoit Wehrle

The project is selected for les ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Teaching - University Residence

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site et d'A+Architecture 

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  • Guest - DJARBOUA

    Superb achievement!

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  • Guest - Girardin constance

    Bright and warm

  • Guest - short


    à Strasbourg, France
  • Finally a student residence pleasant to live and built in noble material: wood!
    BRAVO A +!
    Luminous !

  • Guest - PAPAZOGLOU

    This cabinet proves (yet) that a perfect organization combined with a constructive sobriety generate efficiency and elegance ... provided, of course, that the architect and his team have talent.

  • Guest - HERAN Philippe

    Which team !


    Very nice project up to the qualities of A +! BRAVO

  • Guest - Brigitte A2i

    Clean lines, clarity and transparency everything is light.
    I will resume my studies well !!!!!

  • Guest - Celaire Franck

    Magic project done by a beautiful team of Architects ...

    à Mauguio, France

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